Re: Blue Gill fly
Don't blame me when your wife starts asking what happened to her new flip flops.
Once you form your body, you'll have a hole thru the center from the toothpick.
Tie onto the hook whatever you want to use for a tail, the nice thing about that, it doesn't need to be neat or exact. If your tail material tie in doesn't cover the entire shank, cover what's left with thread. You are going to slip your popper body onto the hook from the eye, covering everything that's on the hook shank. You can use some adhesive, or not. You'll be an expert after doing a couple.
One last thing to add, there are a couple of different types of foam used to make the flip flops. There is a soft spongy material, and a firmer foam. I like the firmer foam, but the softer stuff may work depending on the types of flies you are tying.